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By Daniel C. Snell

Ancient close to East: The Basics surveys the background of the traditional center East from the discovery of writing to Alexander the Great’s conquest. The ebook introduces either the actual and highbrow setting of these occasions, the struggles of state-building and empire development, and the dissent from these efforts. issues lined include:

  • What will we suggest after we discuss the traditional close to East?
  • The upward push and fall of strong states and monarchs
  • Daily existence either within the towns and out within the fields
  • The legacy of the traditional close to East: faith, technology and writing systems.

Featuring a thesaurus, chronology and recommendations for extra analyzing, this booklet has all of the instruments the reader must comprehend the historical past and examine of the traditional close to East.

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Sometimes he reinstated the city ruler in his same city, probably to try to attract the local elite to Sargon's cause. This may have worked initially, but there were several rebellions against him and against his dynasty. People did not necessarily like being folded into his empire. Later stories said that Sargon campaigned as far away as central Anatolia, now Turkey. He did get up to the Habur River in Syria and probably had something to do with the destruction of the city of Ebla, far to the west in central Syria.

It did rain in those valleys, but not reliably, and so you had to resort to irrigation. The efficiency of watering plants must have been figured out long before, but it became essential to do that in Iraq. Again humans were confronted with a surprise: irrigated plants got much bigger yields than rainfall-fed plants, and plants gave as much as ten times the volume of food. Irrigation was fairly simple on the banks of the Euphrates, where all you needed to do was to break the levy and water would flow into riverside fields.

Each late spring when the wild wheat matured, they would visit their favorite stand and pick it clean. And each late summer when the antelopes began to move from the nearby desert, they made sure to be in position to kill many of them. The eating was good, and the life was easy. It did not take more than six weeks to gather all the wheat they could use in the whole year. But of course they had to carry the wheat with them to the next place they wanted to visit. By good fortune the boys found wives, and the girls found husbands, and, as these things go, they began to have children, and many of them lived beyond their first years.

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